Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: ‘Passage to Mars,’ an Otherworldly Voyage on Earth


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Scientists train for Mars exploration during a long mission in the unyielding cold of the Arctic, testing equipment that may one day be used in space.

Review: In ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home,’ Chasing Grandpa’s Stories Down a Rabbit Hole


By MANOHLA DARGIS via NYT Movies
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Tim Burton’s adaptation of the novel by Ransom Riggs describes the adventures of an adolescent who travels through time to prove his grandfather right.

Review: ‘Masterminds,’ a Tale of Grand Larceny and Meager Gray Matter


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This comedy from Jared Hess stars Zach Galifianakis as a real-life felon who tried to steal millions of dollars in 1997.

Review: In ‘Amanda Knox,’ a Murder and Journalism Run Amok


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This documentary about the case of an exchange student killed in Italy focuses less on an accused killer and more on unprincipled journalism and unapologetic sexism.

Review: Youthful Recklessness Finds Adventure on the Road in ‘American Honey’


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Andrea Arnold’s new feature (her first set in the United States), with a cast mostly of newcomers, follows a band of aimless youths around the country.

Review: In ‘Deepwater Horizon,’ Oil, Fire and Greed


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Peter Berg’s film dramatizes a familiar story and stands as a work of popular narrative for an age of corporate impunity.

Fast-Tracked: ‘The Girl on the Train’


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When Paula Hawkins’s novel became a meteoric best seller, its movie team suddenly had to catch up.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

‘The Siege of Jadotville’ on Netflix Rediscovers a Faded Footnote


By NEIL GENZLINGER via NYT Movies
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This film revisits the trials and tribulations of an Irish force in Central Africa in 1961.

Review: In ‘Tharlo,’ a Shepherd’s Life Upended by a Trip to the City


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A black-and-white film from the Tibetan director Pema Tseden has a fleeting charm until the narrative takes a grim turn.

‘American Honey’: Open Highways, Free Spirits


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While shooting the director Andrea Arnold’s film, the cast and crew traveled together for nearly three months, from Oklahoma to North Dakota.

Review: ‘Sand Storm’ Follows a Bedouin Mother and Daughter in Quiet Revolts


By MANOHLA DARGIS via NYT Movies
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In her feature debut, the Israeli filmmaker Elite Zexer directs a story about women constricted by, and pushing back against, cultural traditions.

Herschell Gordon Lewis, a Pioneer of Gore Cinema, Dies at 90


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Mr. Lewis set the bar for low-budget horror in movies like “Blood Feast” that went on to inspire filmmakers like Wes Craven and Quentin Tarantino.

Review: ‘Finding Altamira’: A Prehistoric Discovery, Vehemently Disputed


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Hugh Hudson’s drama about the uncovering of cave paintings features Antonio Banderas as the 19th-century Spaniard who fought to prove their authenticity.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Review: ‘For the Love of Spock,’ a Son’s Tribute to Leonard Nimoy


By ANDY WEBSTER via NYT Movies
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Adam Nimoy’s documentary about his father nimbly straddles biography and “Star Trek” valentine, but also recounts the fraught but devoted ties between father and son.

Spock: Half-Vulcan. Half-Human. All Outsider Role Model.


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A documentary by Adam Nimoy explores how his father’s “Star Trek” character, Spock, provided inspiration to those who saw themselves as different.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Box Office Power of Denzel Washington


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With the successful opening weekend for “The Magnificent Seven,” here is a look back at the box office for five other recent Denzel Washington movies.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

‘The Magnificent Seven’ Dominates Weekend North American Box Office


By BROOKS BARNES via NYT Movies
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Antoine Fuqua’s ethnically diverse remake of the John Sturges classic includes heavy-hitting stars like Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt.

Bobby Breen, a Child Star Who Hit a High Note in the 1930s, Dies at 87


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Mr. Breen arrived on the scene as an 8-year-old boy with an angelic face, and was described as “the most alarming vocal phenomenon of the day.”

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bill Nunn, Who Played Radio Raheem in ‘Do the Right Thing,’ Dies at 63


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Mr. Nunn starred in several movies by the director Spike Lee, but he made his greatest mark in the 1989 role as Radio Raheem.

This Movie Was Nearly Lost. Now They’re Fighting to Save It.


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A negative of “Cane River” (1982), which resurfaced two years ago, has connected a disparate group of people across the country.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Review: ‘The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith’


By GLENN KENNY via NYT Movies
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When Smith, an esteemed photojournalist, moved to the flower district in Manhattan in the 1950s, he started shooting and taping his neighbors for almost a decade.

Review: ‘Chicken People,’ Pampering Royalty That Clucks


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This documentary, directed by Nicole Lucas Haimes, looks at devotees of these fair fowl on the show circuit.

Review: In ‘Goat,’ Frat Brothers Unleash Their Sadistic Terror


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Nick Jonas and Ben Schnetzer star in this disturbing tale about the urge to belong, no matter what the cost.